Risks of Wireless Networks

Everyone has at least one internet-connected device in today’s online culture. Because the number of these devices is increasing, it is critical to have a security plan to keep them safe and secure. Malicious entities may exploit internet-connected gadgets to steal personal information and identities, compromise financial data, and listen to—or watch—users in the dark. But these threats can be avoided by setting up safeguards in the way your devices are configured and used.

Wireless networks are being installed and implemented by a large number of businesses. The following is a list of the top 10 wireless network risks that can help company managers in making educated decisions regarding data security:

  1. Intruders can steal bandwidth by connecting to wireless access points from the outside. They hinder employee productivity by accessing the internet to download music, games, and other software.
  2. An unauthorized user can utilize the internet connection for illegal purposes, such as hacking or conducting Denial of Service attacks and other types of criminal activity.
  3. An invader can “hide” under a protective cover and pretend to be a member of your organization by accessing the internet line.
  4. If the intruder is distributing child pornography or engaging in other unlawful activities, the intruder may be the cause for the organization to be sued. The source of the attack will be traced back to the organization when the criminal conduct is detected and investigated.
  5. If your wireless network was utilized as the first access point to hack into restricted government networks, the organization’s image and reputation would be jeopardized.
  6. Most Internet service providers (ISP) disclose client information to the authorities to assist with genuine criminal investigations and may hold the company responsible and financially-liable for any illegal activities.
  7. In most cases, wireless networks are linked to private networks within a company’s walls. An intruder may completely bypass any hardware firewall protection mechanisms between the private network and the broadband connection.
  8. The ability to connect to wireless networks is included in most new laptops. Laptops may link to “evil twin” networks unintentionally. Employees assume they are connected to a legitimate network, but they are connected to a bogus network that collects their employers’ user names, passwords, and other sensitive information.
  9. Sometimes, network data is sent in plain text without encryption. Without the victim’s awareness, an intruder can install a network sniffer on your network and access sensitive information.
  10. Confidential information, including client lists, trade secrets, and so on, should be properly secured when stored on or accessed via wireless networks due to the hazards associated with them.

The ultimate advantage of having a partner firm like Qamba IT is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your company is well-protected by professionals. In the long run, this will improve the quality of your services, productivity, reputation, and ultimately your business’s growth by gaining client trust and ensuring that your business grows. Visit us at Suite 557, UL40, Level 2 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone, Victoria 3148, or call us at 03 8521 7777, and let’s get to work!

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